My family loves visiting Philadelphia. There is so much to see and do that each trip is a new learning adventure. During our most recent trip, we were lucky enough to be provided with passes to The Franklin Institute as part of a recent blogger event (Mom Mixer). A review was not required, but this museum is way too cool to not share with you! Located in Center City, Philadelphia, at the intersection of 20th Street and Benjamin Franklin Parkway, The Franklin Institute is the perfect place to have a family adventure.
Founded in 1824 to honor “America’s First Scientist,” Benjamin Franklin, the Franklin Institute is one of the top tourist attractions in Philadelphia and a leading science center in the country. It offers hours of hands-on learning fun for individuals of all ages allowing them to connect with the world of science and technology in fun and exciting ways. With 3 floors of exhibits, there is plenty of places to explore and discover.
At Mommy University, we love museums, and we especially love science museums. The Franklin Institute is a unique museum as it truly immerses visitors in the learning experience. Guests don’t just walk around and see artifacts or works or art which, don’t get me wrong, is still really cool, but The Franklin Institute takes things to entirely new level. Ever want to know what the inside of a heart looks like? Do your kids want to go inside a real locomotive? Ever imagine what the inside of a brain looks like? The Franklin Institute truly takes you INSIDE the world of science!
4 Ways to Go Inside the World of Science
The Giant Heart
This exciting and interactive 5000 square foot exhibit takes guests inside the fascinating worlds of anatomy, physiology and cardiology. Kids and adults will learn all about how the heart functions, what it looks like and how to keep it healthy. Our favorite way to go “inside” the world of science at this exhibit is walking through a replica of a giant heart. Guests of all ages will have fun walking through, exploring and learning about all the parts of the heart and understanding how it works. It is the perfect way to immerse kids in the learning experience!
This exhibit allows kids to explore the interconnected and complex neural network found in the brain. Kids will enhance gross motor, visual-spatial and problem solving skills while making their way through this amazing 2-story climbing structure. With visual and sound effects triggered by footsteps, the excitement is never-ending. What a fun way to go “inside” the worlds of anatomy and neuroscience!
Kids love trains. They love hearing them, seeing the steam, learning how they work and, of course, riding them. Now imagine being able to climb inside a 350-ton Baldwin steam locomotive! Just standing next to this engineering marvel is enough to take your breath away, but being able to climb aboard and see how it works is a learning experience you will not soon forget. The Baldwin 6000 arrived at The Franklin Institute in 1933 and has been a must-see exhibit ever since. The Train Factory exhibit is an exciting way to go “inside” the worlds of physics, engineering and mechanics.
Guests of The Franklin Institute can get behind the controls of a Wright Model B Flyer when they explore The Franklin Air Show exhibit room. Kids and adults can climb to new heights and go aboard a real airplane which is a dream for many kids (and parents). What a fun way to go “inside” the world of aeronautics. Kids can also literally step inside the world of aerodynamics when they enter a small room and stand in front a fan wearing foam wings. Kids learn how the air impacts the wings depending on which way they are held in the air. Now that’s a fun interactive experience!
These 4 exhibits are just a taste of what your family can enjoy at The Franklin Institute. We cannot wait to return to discover new learning adventures and, of course, share them with you!
The Franklin Institute is open daily from 9am – 5pm with evening hours on Thursday through Saturday. General admission is $19.95/adult and $15.95/child (ages 3-11). There is an additional fee for special exhibitions such as Genghis Khan and Vatican Splendors.